May 26, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts August 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cartoonist Chit Swe freed on completing sentence to go further US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture News Cartoonist and pro-democracy activist Chit Swe, 65, was sentenced to a month in prison at the end of a summary trial. Held in a cell in Insein prison, he now has acute bronchitis. Reporters Without Borders and the Cartoonist Rights Network call on cartoonists throughout the world to show their solidarity by urging their editors to publish one of his cartoons. News May 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en MyanmarAsia – Pacific -If the price of newsprint goes up … Will what we get paid for our cartoons, articles, poems and paintings go up too?-What an idea! They will go down. So I can carry on surviving!Ohh!! Follow the news on Myanmar Organisation News Help by sharing this information Cartoonist Chit Swe, who is also an opposition National League for Democracy activist, was released on completing a one-month prison sentence on 23 August. He was arrested during a meeting at his home on 12 July and was given the one-month sentence (together with a suspended sentence of six months in prison) by a Rangoon court on 3 August. He was convicted of “defying the orders of the authorities” under a state of emergency law often used against government opponents.______________________________________________________________________________10.08.2005Month-long jail sentence for cartoonist Chit Swe condemnedReporters Without Borders and the Cartoonists Rights Network today condemned a month-long prison sentence passed on cartoonist Chit Swe. The two organisations called on cartoonists around the world to show solidarity with him by reproducing some of his drawings available online at www.rsf.org and www.cartoon-crn.com. Chit Swe, 65, an activist for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, was also given a six-month suspended prison sentence by the same Rangoon court.His work regularly appears in economic publications such as Myanma Dhana. He also runs the NLD’s branch in Thanlyin, near Rangoon, and was arrested at a 12 July meeting at his house.He was found guilty at a hasty trial on 3 August of defying the orders of the authorities under an old emergency law often used to crack down on the opposition.Chit Swe denied the charge. His lawyer Nyan Win said he had not broken the law since the meeting was simply a discussion between colleagues. He ridiculed the accusations, made by Thanlyin mayor Tin Htay. The cartoonist, who is being held at Rangoon’s Insein prison, has heart problems and chronic bronchitis. RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar -The way my grand-parents and I became well-known is very different.-In what way?-They became universally well-known for getting rich. I became famous for squandering their riches and thereafter living in poverty.
View Comments Happy Friday! Before you head off for your exciting Labor Day Weekend festivities, we need to make sure you’re up-to-speed on what’s been happening on the Great White Way this week. We sure learned a lot about the history of shirtless Valjeans, where all the shoes on Broadway are ending up and more. Read all about it in the Lessons of the Week!Queen Lesli Is a Shoe ThiefLesli Margherita has conquered nearly 1,000 performances as Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda (and roughly that many vlog episodes). Amy Spanger’s going to have some big shoes to fill when she…wait. Where are they?! Lesli says she’ll really miss her pink sparkle dance shoes and might just steal them. Are they waterproof?Taye Is a Double Shoe ThiefWho knew it was possible to one-up Queen Lesli? While lounging on the Broadway.com couch, Hedwig star Taye Diggs revealed that when he leaves the show later this month, he wants to take Hedwig’s gold heels and Tommy Gnosis’ bedazzled Converses. We get it, guys. All of Broadway has a shoe fetish.Idina Has a Wicked Secret PastSeriously?! Enough with the damn shoes. Before she was belting her face off in green makeup and getting a Tony for it, Idina Menzel was rocking ruby slippers. She recently Instagrammed a shot of a wee Men(t)zel dressed as Dorothy—a.k.a. “the other one.” If you’re going to imprison a “wretched little farm girl,” you should at least walk a mile in her shoes.Camryn Manheim Knows the Brooks WellCamryn Manheim’s making her Great White Way debut in Spring Awakening starting next week, but she’s technically been on Broadway before…in the very same theater. On Andy Mientus’ premiere vlog episode, the Emmy winner revealed she used to bartend there back in the ‘80s. We’re pretty sure that entitles you to free intermission drinks, Cam.Hedwig Almost Had Dead PetzShe has a well-documented affinity for wigs, and apparently Miley Cyrus was in talks to pull some more down from the shelf on Broadway. She’s said some enlightening things on gender identity in the past and is well-versed in the art of glitter, but alas, Hedwig is closing soon. Sorry, Miley. No gold heels and bedazzled Converses for you.Rock Stars Love Bikini BottomIn case you’ve forgotten, Spongebob Squarepants is surfing to Chicago and probably Broadway. Are ya ready, kids?! No? Well, a bunch of rock legends are. The show will feature original tunes by Bowie, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and more. We hear the role of Spongebob has already been cast, but if that falls through, we have a certain six-time Tony winner in mind.The Phantom Could Have Mean TopspinWhile tennis/underwear superstar Rafael Nadal is in town for the U.S. Open, don’t be surprised if he stops by the Majestic Theatre. He loves Phantom so much he’s seen it “like seven times.” Andrew Lloyd Webber is game and said Rafa would make a “wonderful” Phantom if he could sing. There you have it. The secret to an ace serve? Slowly, gently…Alfie Boe Pioneered the Shirtless ValjeanWe know you know Ramin Karimloo’s Jean Valjean loved to show off his prison-workout bod. How do we know? Because we’ve linked to this 24,601 times before. New Les Miz star Alfie Boe revealed, however, that he actually ripped off his shirt in the West End before Ramin played the role. He won’t take it off on Broadway, though. Ugh. Rafa would…if he could sing.Brad & Brooks Are St. James SoulmatesBetween a friendly baseball rivalry, a hotdog machine and an assortment of booze, Something Rotten! co-stars Brad Oscar and Brooks Ashmanskas have it made in their shared dressing room. It also helps that they both have a history there: the two appeared in The Producers together. Brooks understudied Leo and went on a few times opposite Brad’s Max. They truly never quit, hit after hit!Guarini Has a Strawsome Co-StarJustin Guarini’s leading Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical, the countrified Broadway-bound musical in Dallas, and we just got a look at the stars. Two things to note: He’s not wearing a cowboy hat (yet), and they’re all dwarfed by a giant haystack. We’re excited for Justin and the gang, but we really can’t wait for that haystack to make its Broadway debut. Idina Menzel Star Files